Jessica Vela joined DanceLova Dance Academy in August 2016. This local Tustin dance teacher isn’t simply asking her students to follow along in her Hip Hop class. She’s working along with her students to help bring out the deep inner groove from all of them and express it through Hip Hop movement. Hey, that’s just how she rolls.
Jessica was born and raised in Tustin, California. She began her dance training at the age of 13. Jessica later joined the Tustin High Dance team where she trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Prop, Pom, and Kick. She participated in many competitions such as USA Dance Team/Drill Nationals, NDA Dance Nationals, Jamz Dance Nationals, and Miss Dance Team Drill Nationals. Jessica also had the opportunity to perform in the Tustin Tillers Parade, Assembly/Football dance performances and a special performance at the Clippers Half-Time show.
After high school, Jessica attended Orange Coast College where she continued her dance training and studied Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, West African styles and drumming, Latin Styles, Jazz, Dance Composition/Repertoire and Improvisation under the faculty of Linda Sohl- Ellison, Amelie Hunter, Jose Costas, Monti Ellison, Shana Menaker, Amythyst Fritzler, Kathy Kahn, Dennon Rawles, Kari Jensen and Jeff Mayor. She also participated in fall and spring dance concerts where she performed faculty and student works and where she also premiered her first college choreography. Jessica is currently at California State University, Fullerton where she is pursuing her dancing career as a dance major. Currently, she’s training under Debra Noble, Alvin Rangel, Muriel Joyce, Gladys Kares, Lisa D. Long and Craig Shields. She continues to choreograph and her work has been premiered at both fall and spring dance concert at CSUF.
Jessica has also attended the American College Dance Festival Association where she studied from numerous University professors. Furthermore, she also continues outside training at the EDGE Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex LA/OC, Jimmie Defore and Snowglobe Perspective where she has taken master classes from prestigious choreographers such as Mike Esperanza, Stacey Tookey, Willdabeast, Brian Puspos, Josh Williams, Lyle Beniga, Rudy Abreu, Teddy Tedholm, Matt Steffanina and JoJo Gomez.
A great passion for dance is something Jessica has developed. She truly enjoys sharing her passion through her teaching. Her goal is to teach and inspire all her dance students at DanceLova Dance Academy, and to show them that in dance they can feel safe and call it their home.